I have had puppies all of my life and they turned out just fine without any training.When I was little, we had dogs and my parents never sought out a trainer. I am just wondering why most of responses always say, get them in training.
There's generally different people out there who never show up in classes.
You have the kind who beat their dogs with brooms and newspaper.... <= And have well trained dogs in the end. But hey, they are abusive...
You have the kind who keeps the dogs outside or caged inside and have very little interaction with the dogs. What an impoverished existence for the dogs.
You have the kind who keeps flipping dogs. They bring puppies home and as soon as the dogs show some sign of behavior that the people can't live with - either peeing all over the place or biting or attacking.... they dump the dogs in shelters and start all over again with a new puppy. There's a term for those people. It's got an A and an H.
You then have the kind who do not train the dogs but are good enough owners that they bring them out and about on occasion.... and might not know it, but people gripe behind their backs about how AWFUL their dogs are. And these AWFUL dogs lead to other people's dogs being PUNISHED by parks or businesses banning dogs.
Beyond that - a lot of young people have no clue what goes on outside their childhood bedrooms. They generally don't know what their parents did for raising and training family dogs. They assume a lot of stuff is just easy. They didn't see the tiny little things their parents did which made dog ownership easy. This includes natural handling. Some people are very good handling dogs and naturally know how to communicate with dogs. Other people don't see that. Leave it to other people, when things don't work they either quit or they get emotional or reactive.
This is a reason why even if you grew up with dogs, you still need to go to obedience classes and learn how to handle dogs kindly but practically as well.
I have to add that having taken basic obedience classes before - you do see people come to the classes with a "this a joke" attitude. And they either continue like that and waste the money they spent on these classes... or they get serious about learning how to "talk dog" when they see that holding and pulling a leash isn't enough to not only control a dog, but to also engage that dog's attention and focus - all with soft hands and kindness.